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Tentative contract may end lockout of Lockport steelworkers

LOCKPORT – Employees at Lockport’s Allegheny Technologies plant may soon be heading back to work after the United Steelworkers Union announced a tentative contract agreement Monday night.

The tentative four-year pact would end a six-month national lockout of 2,200 workers at 12 plants in six states, including 44 at Allegheny’s Allvac specialty metals plant in Lockport.

On Feb. 12, the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against the Pittsburgh-based company, declaring the lockout illegal. It began Aug. 15.

The local unions and the NLRB still must ratify the contract for it to take effect. Its terms will not be announced until after ratification, the union said in a news release.